Christophe Castaner, the leader of La République en Marche’s deputies, assured this Wednesday, October 6, that a law extending the period of voluntary abortion from 12 to 14 weeks would be placed on the agenda of the National Assembly by the end of November.
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“I want, like many members of my group, that (the bill) is included on our agenda at the end of November,” Christophe Castaner said during an interview with Le Parisien published which was published Wednesday evening.
“In France, abortion is not threatened in law, but it is in practice. There are real territorial and social inequalities. If we want to guarantee a real right equal to those which must be protected, it is necessary to lengthen the deadlines,” he added.
“We hope that this text will succeed,” says the walker from the first hour, assuring that even if the Senate rejects it, “we will have time in January-February to adopt it definitively in the National Assembly” before the end of the five-year.
When asked about President Macron’s reservations about such a reform, he admitted that he “did not have the same approach” as the Head of State. “However, nothing prevents this text from being completed in light of the National Consultative Ethics Council’s opinion, which sheds light on the debate,” he claims.
Socialist deputies then attempted to re-register the text in the Assembly but were defeated by hundreds of LR amendments. Since then, Emmanuel Macron told the magazine, Elle, at the end of June that he was “not in favour” of the 14-week extension, calling abortion “more traumatic in these times.”
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When asked by AFP on Wednesday evening, Gaillot said, “I believe he understands that it is good news that this bill will be registered, that we will debate it, and that it will be voted.” “It’s great news for women,” she added.